“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” -Ansel Adams

Thursday, June 30, 2011

July '11 Featured Photographer

July '11 Photographer: Donald Anson    Flickr Screen Name: ansonredford
Age: 44    Flickr Member Since: Oct 2008
The Ansonredford interview...
DSC01951 by ansonredford
DSC01951, a photo by ansonredford on Flickr.
1: How would you describe your skill level in photography?
A: Still learning, an amateur, 1 through 10, a 5.
2: Have you attended schooling/training for photography or are you self taught?
A: Self taught.
3: Being a self taught photographer, what advice do you have for other self taught photography enthusiasts?
A: Learn the controls on the camera and use them, take lots of shots.
4: When did your hobby in photography start?
A: Start as a hobby at 9 years old.
5: Who or what influenced you to become a photographer
A: A 5th grade art teacher, sorry can't remember his name.
6: Do you believe in the expression “A picture is worth 1,000 words”?
A: No. I believe a 1000 is a little of a exaggeration.
7: Do you have a favorite photograph
A: No, to many photograph.
8: Do you have a favorite photographer
A: No to many photographer.
9: Do you think that society would be different if photography was never invented?
A: Yes, I could not imagine society without photography.
10: Do you think that a person must possess talent to capture emotion and expression in a picture?
A: Not sure, but I think so.
Panorama Kent Lake by ansonredford
Panorama Kent Lake, a photo by ansonredford on Flickr.
11: Do you have a special style in your photographs that can single you out like strokes in a painting?A: I don't think I have a special style.
12: What makes a good photographer in your opinion?
A: Have a good eye to find something interesting.
13: What do you enjoy most photographing?
A: Just getting out and try do find something to capture.
14: In your opinion, what makes photography an art?
A: To me all photographs are art, you either like photography or don't.
15: What motivates you to do what you do?
A: The challenge of going somewhere and trying to capture a good image.
DSC00515 by ansonredford
DSC00515, a photo by ansonredford on Flickr.
16: What weak points, if any, do you feel you poses in photography?
A: Equipment and taking pictures of people.
17: What do you shoot with?
A: Currently DSLR Sony A-350 and Point & Shoot Sony H-5. In the past Mavica MVC-CD500 and SLR Canon T-70 .
18: Favorite lens?
A: Sony AF DT 16-105mm F3.5-5.6.
19: What, if any, software do you use for post processing?
A: Corel Paint Shop Pro.
DSC02546 by ansonredford
DSC02546, a photo by ansonredford on Flickr.
20: Which of your photographs is your favorite?
A: ------------------------------------------->
21: Do you prefer color photographs or black and white?
A: Color. I like to capture fall color, sunsets and flowers and those photos look better in color.
22: What do you feel influences your photography?
A: Flickr, weather,The price of gas.
23: What are your thoughts on Flickr’s explore?
A: Seems tough to be explore.
24: Have you had any photographs achieve explore status?
A: Yes, only two made it but were dropped.


25: Coke or Pepsi?
A: Coke
26: Have you always lived in Michigan?
A: Yes
27: Do you feel that Michigan offers anything special to photography?
A: Michigan has lots to offers. The Great Lakes, rivers, waterfalls. National Lakeshores and park.Detroit, light houses, bridges.Four seasons,etc.
DSC09073 by ansonredford
DSC09073, a photo by ansonredford on Flickr.

A note from the interviewer:
ansonredford - View my most interesting photos on FlickriverSpecial thanks to Don, ansonredford, in accepting the role of being the first ever featured Michigan photographer from Southeast Michigan Digital Photography group. Don's colorful and sharp nature photographs are something to inspire even the most seasoned photographer. Be sure to check out Don's work on Flickr!

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